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Paris: Puymaurin & Andrieu, 1817.
Medal for the departure of Freycinet on the UranieBronze medal, 41 mm, fine. Obverse: profile portrait of Louis XVIII. Reverse: "Hémisphère Austral. Physique Astronomie. La Corvette l'Uranie Mr. Ls. de Freycinet Commandt… S.A.R.M. Le Duc d'Angoulême, Amiral de France…." An excellent bronze example of.....
Paris: Leblanc, no date, but after 1822.
The artist's account: the first published narrative of the Freycinet voyageTwo volumes, octavo, and small folio atlas; the atlas with separate title, map and 25 lithographic plates; text in mid-nineteenth century quarter green roan trade binding with gilt ornament, atlas in more.....
Paris: Leblanc, 1822. Folio, with an engraved world map and 25 lithograph views; uncut; original boards, as issued, with the publisher's printed label. The splendid atlas volume to Jacques Arago's published account of his voyage to Australia and the Pacific with the Freycinet expedition of 1817-1820. Published in 1822, Arago's.....
London: Oxford University Press, 1962. Octavo, portrait frontispiece and black & white plates, grey cloth; dust-jacket. Rose de Freycinet was smuggled aboard her husband's command, the Uranie, in 1817 in Toulon and circumnavigated the globe until 1820. Her account is both detailed and acute, with lengthy descriptions of the Australian.....
Blue Mountains AboriginesHandcoloured stipple engraving, 150 x 270mm. A marvellous engraved portrait of an Aboriginal elder of the Blue Mountains named Karadra and his companion Hara-o, after an original study by Alphonse Pellion; Karadra, the older man on the right, holds a clay tobacco pipe in his.....
Paris: Chromol de Engelmann et Graf, circa 1860. Loto Game, consisting of 18 pictorial game cards, each illustrated with five lithographic scenes, one small cloth bag containing glass counters, one large cloth bag containing 90 numbered circular timber tokens, folio rule sheet printed on yellow paper; all contained in the.....
Germany: circa 1400-1500. Bifolium on vellum, 458 x 318 mm. (each leaf), each leaf written in double columns of 32 lines, ruled with ink, dark brown ink with rubrics and brown ink initials, two with decorative penwork, capitals touched with red, full margins. original sewn repairs in lower margin, a......
Lyon: Cercle Lyonnais du livre, 1928.
Prepared for a select society of bibliophilesPortfolio, with unbound letterpress sheets printed in folio and 32 handcoloured plates loosely inserted (and final colophon leaf signed by Daragnès); a fine example in original folding case with leather ties, housed within the publisher's slipcase. An.....
Paris: circa 1795.
From ethnology to fashionEngraved aquatint with original handcolouring, 440 x 530 mm. (sheet size), mounted and framed. Rare and alluring hand-coloured engraving of the islanders of the Pacific, composed of twenty-four groups of inhabitants from new lands revealed through the voyages of Captain James Cook and.....
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Paris: Librairie Plon, 1893. Octavo, folding map; uncut in the original blue-grey wrappers. A fine copy of the first edition: this is an especially good account of Hawaii at the end of the nineteenth century, by a French diplomat, written under the pseudonym Georges Sauvin. D'Anglade was French Consul and.....
Paris: Libraire Ethnographique, 1847.
Pacific warriors in brilliant colourQuarto, with a total of 55 handcoloured plates (six of which are browned), in publisher's black quarter roan with gilt lettering. Vibrantly handcoloured mid-nineteenth-century French book on native customs and costumes, with a substantial section treating Australia, New Zealand and the.....
Paris: chez Breaute, 1861. 12mo., uncut, in the original pink printed wrappers. First edition and very scarce: through natural aptitude and indefatigable perseverance Mlle. Hertha discovers the truths of the universe. This work is an abstract from Hertha's longer text Égalité-Liberté, and is presented to her public in the hope.....
London: Boussod Valadon & CO., 1897. Folio, coloured frontispiece & b/w engravings, red leather presentation binding, inset with letter of presentation; gilt spine; gilt tooling green silk endpapers with inner gilt dentelles. Presented to Thomas Ryland, a prominent member of the Birmingham community. Ornate and decorative binding typical of the.....
London: J. Johnson, C. Dilly and T. Cadell, 1791.
Prisons, hulks, quarantine stations and mental hospitalsQuarto, with 22 engraved plans and views (18 of them folding) and a large folding table; bound without the half-title in contemporary sprinkled calf, flat spine banded in gilt, red morocco label; an excellent.....
On board: 21 April 1822.
Please send the latest volumes relating to French voyagesSingle-page letter on single folded sheet, 255 x 195 mm., address panel, slightly torn where originally opened at red wax seal; very good. An intriguing letter sent from on board Hyacinthe de Bougainville's command the Thétis.....
France: circa 1420. Illuminated leaf on vellum, 265 x 175 mm., double-column text written in an attractive bâtard script in dark brown ink, lightly ruled, rubrics in red, handsome 4-line initial in burnished gold leaf on a blue and red background with delicate white filigrans, initial two lines alternatively red.....
Rouen: circa 1480-1500. Illuminated leaf, 166 x 112 mm., panel border on each side of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus, coloured flowers on hair-line stems; 4-line initial in dark red and heightened in grey and white on a liquid gold panel enclosing a coloured flower, three 1-line.....
Southern France: circa 1475.
Superb illuminated miniature of King DavidArched miniature depicting King David kneeling in prayer, 91 x 65mm., set in elaborate illuminated border on three sides; 4-line illuminated initial D (of "Domine" - O Lord), eight lines of gothic text on the other side;Mounted. A superb late.....
Babylone (Paris): n.p., 1760. Octavo, with four engraved plates by Cochin after Desfriches illustrating the second work "Mon Odyssée ou le Journal de Mon Retour de Saintonge"; contemporary mottled calf,spine gilt with red label. First edition: a marvellous utopian community in Africa, prefiguring the uses of photography, television and the.....
"Pressure" (Paris?): Dans les Jardins de M. l'Ebahi, 1788.
A visit to JapanOctavo, half-title, woodcut vignette of a ship setting sail at start of text; neat modern quarter calf. First edition: a very scarce anonymous imaginary voyage and a satirical commentary on French politics and society which has decadent.....
Paris: Knapen & fils, 1782.
Suppressed account of the French search for a continent towards the South PoleOctavo, with a folding map; contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments; a good copy. The only edition, and very rare: the bulk of the edition was suppressed by the French.....
Paris: Chez Courcier, 1807-, 1810. Quarto, two works bound in one, in total seven folding plates and one folding table, some pages age-toned but overall very good, neatly bound in modern quarter calf, Ingleton bookplate and manuscript note. A fine volume containing rare first editions of two French works of.....